Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 1, “Genesis” pp. 81-240.
Part 1E, “Babylon (11:1-9)” pp. 134-136.
Sailhamer points out that two of the lines of descent from Shem are accounted for in the sons of Eber. One leads to Babylon and one to Abraham (Sailhamer 1992, 134). We recall the theme of east as a place of exile rather than of promise. This is illustrated in several places in the Pentateuch. Sailhamer sees this narrative as another sample of man’s attempt to work out the good rather than allowing God to provide it on his terms. This scatters the people and leaves them in disorder.